Beer Gardens NYC or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Beer Gardens NYC, my first ever iPhone App, the fruit of my summer stay-cation, went live earlier this month at the iTunes App Store, and I am positively thrilled by the response.

app-storeThe App is a collaboration with my real life Prince Charming, Raj Moorjani. For five consecutive summer weekends, Raj and I braved soaring summer temperatures and the boos and hisses of booze-soaked World Cup watchers to visit 50 beer gardens across the city’s boroughs.

Selected venues received our soon-to-be coveted and unabashedly subjective “Top Pick” status–because when you hoof it to 50 beer gardens in the midst of a major heat wave, you should get to have your say. 😉

The App’s list of more than 900 unique international and domestic beers is search-able by brand and venue, giving the app legs long after Oktoberfest’s last hurrah.

I’m particularly proud of the detailed summaries of the scene for each beer garden, which called for me to set aside my romance writer’s tiara and put on my travel writer’s fedora instead. (No worries, though, I have a big enough head to fit both). 😉

So far, the media response has been tremendous. The cherry topping the sundae, or more properly the foam topping the brew, is today’s New York Times Diners Journal article!

To learn more about the app project, visit our website at Beer Gardens NYC. For fun factoids on beer gardens and upcoming Oktoberfest events in New York City, visit us at

Happy Oktoberfest!